The bathroom used to be the cold storeroom for the cottage - it now has a good size shower, sink and toilet.Chickens enjoying a sunny day - but will be kept in their own enclosed area when hosting guests.
Orchard Cottage - An 18th Century Cumbrian Cottage
Orchard Cottage - An 18th Century Cumbrian Cottage

Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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Orchard Cottage was originally an 18th century 'Solway Plain clay dabbin' farmer's cottage (named after the fruit trees that are still in the garden), now fully restored with many of its original features. It is a perfect cosy getaway for those wanting to explore the Lakes, Hadrian's Wall and other highlights of this beautiful county. It is a great base to sample the many delights Cumbria has to offer.

The space

The cottage was built in the early 18th century from local clay with a crook frame, and large inglenook fireplace - many of these original features were retained when the Cottage was restored in the mid 1990s.

The dining room, bathroom, kitchen and sitting room with the bedroom beyond all lead off the wide entrance passage. All rooms are on the ground floor, with two shallow steps up to the front door, and one step down from the entrance passage into the kitchen. The original reed ceiling of the dining room was removed to give a spacious feel, and a clear view of one pair of the original crooks.

Guest access

Orchard Cottage is exclusively for guests during their stay. There is a locked storeroom up the stairs from the sitting room, and there is no access to the mezzanine which is visible in the dining room.

Interaction with guests

Stuart and Peg live in Orchard House, which is across the courtyard from Orchard Cottage. They will be happy to give guests help and suggestions if needed.

Other things to note

Please, Orchard Cottage is a no smoking property.
There is a large patio at the back of the Cottage for guests to enjoy, which runs onto the back garden shared with the owners Peg and Stuart and their boxer Lola. There are also three hens in residence this summer, who generally have the freedom of the garden but are happy to stay in their run when guests are about. Their fresh eggs are delicious which hopefully guests may enjoy.

Parking is available in the courtyard, which is shared with the owners, in the courtyard in front of the Cottage. To keep Lola and the hens safe, guests are asked to always keep the garden and drive gates closed.

Cyclists are most welcome and there is a locked garage available.
Peg and Stuart's interests include bell ringing, steam railways and vintage vehicles (particularly WWII military). Stuart is the curator of Cumbria's Museum of Military Life, now in a new location in Carlisle Castle.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Host greets you


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is flexible

You must also acknowledge
Pet(s) live on property - We have one dog and several free range hens. If guests have concerns or questions about these, please contact Peg and Stuart on booking.
Some spaces are shared - There is a large garden and patio directly outside the back door of the Cottage. Hosts wil need access to this occassionally during guests' visits.
Amenity limitations - Wifi is not very good, unless the guest has mobile data facility on their phone.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

14 Reviews

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Kerri User Profile
September 2017
This cottage is worth going out of your way for. We were charmed by every aspect of the house, location and attention by our host. The pictures and descriptions don't do it justice! Would love to return someday for a longer trip to the lakes.

John User Profile
September 2017
Orchard Cottage has all the charming attributes of its 18 century roots, combined with all the modern facilities you could want. It is located in a picturesque setting, with all amenities available within a short drive and is ideally located for trips into the Lakes district with all its natural beauty, as well as to historical sites likes Hadrian's wall. Peg was a charming and attentive host without being intrusive. We would have loved to stay longer had it been possible.

Margaretha User Profile
September 2017
Lovely cottage in a beautiful area

Andy User Profile
August 2017
Lovely cottage! Peg & Stuart great hosts. Had a nice relaxing weekend, spoilt with homebaked goodies and freshly laid eggs in the back garden! Can't fault it one bit, everything is taken care of!

Peter User Profile
August 2017
An interesting old cottage. Many quaint features but modern amenities. Would love to stay again if there was wifi and cellphone reception.
Peg User Profile
Response from Peg:
Hi Peter and Hazel. Lovely to meet you both during your extensive tour of the UK this summer and thank you very much for your comments. Unfortunately, mobile phone coverage is just plain poor in our area and very patchy. Although Wifi isn't available through a traditional router in Orchard Cottage, as mentioned in the 'House Notes' , it is accessible on mobile phones with 'mobile data'. Have a safe trip and all the best to you both. Peg
August 2017

Jane User Profile
August 2017
Lovely cottage and lovely hosts. The 'girls' are really great! Had a lovely 2 days relaxing in a delightful and charming cottage. Peg left some delicious homemade goodies which went down a treat and a pack of fresh eggs. The Village pub is friendly and lots to do out and about in different villages. Highly recommended.

Amy User Profile
August 2017
Such a beautiful cottage, looking out to the lovely garden. Peg and Stuart were wonderful hosts, very helpful and good communication. Having wonderful home baked goodies and freshly laid eggs from the hens to greet us on our arrival was a lovely surprise. Would highly recommend staying at the gorgeous cottage.
Peg User Profile
Response from Peg:
Hi Amy and Zara. Thank you so much for your kind remarks. We love to have guests feel at home and able to just 'reeeeeelaaaaaxxxx'. It is fun for us also to have a few surprises ready on your arrival. Great to meet you both! Best of wishes to you both - Peg and Stuart
August 2017

Thursby, United KingdomJoined in January 2015
Peg User Profile

Although I am an American citizen, I have lived in England since 1975. I came over to do archaeological volunteering for a summer after graduating from college, and never left! Marrying in the late '70s to a born and bred Yorkshireman, we have always lived in northern England, settling in Thursby, outside Carlisle, Cumbria and north of the Lake District in 1993. We love living in a village community and are both involved in various village activities and groups, including the Women's Institute to our annual Gala Show. Love to cook and enjoy a wide variety of films and theatre.

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